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Re: Over Conditioning

Posted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 11:08 am
by Bright Raven
Dogs and Cows wrote:Isn't Kentucky known for good grass??? We have had no rain in a month...and the pastures are crunchy...I have lots of grass, it is just rank. I'd let her run with the others Ron.

Tim


Tim,

I think our grass in this area is very nutritious. Unless the pasture is over stocked, cattle here carry a lot of condition just eating forage. The Bluegrass and outer Bluegrass which is the physiographic area I fall in, are both known for good soils. That is why the thorobreds do so well here.

Re: Over Conditioning

Posted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 5:30 pm
by wbvs58
Is that a heifer Ron? How long do you leave the calves on them? I would think the longer the better to put a bit of a check on them in your situation.

Ken

Re: Over Conditioning

Posted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 5:42 pm
by Bright Raven
wbvs58 wrote:Is that a heifer Ron? How long do you leave the calves on them? I would think the longer the better to put a bit of a check on them in your situation.

Ken


I can see why you ask if she is a heifer by her udder. NO. This will be her third calf. My cows are now all fall calvers. They were weaned at 6 months. I like to get them weaned and on feed so I can take the bulls to Fire Sweep by June so she can finish them.

Re: Over Conditioning

Posted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 6:03 pm
by TCRanch
Ohhh, baby's got back! And yet some cows are just fat. My Steamroller was a chunk when we got her 9 years ago and now clocks in at well over 2000 lbs. Doesn't matter if she's penned or grazing, she doesn't walk it off and she's raised huge calves but never draws down. BTW, fat as she is she breeds like clockwork.

Re: Over Conditioning

Posted: Fri Aug 04, 2017 6:03 am
by Bright Raven
TCRanch wrote:Ohhh, baby's got back! And yet some cows are just fat. My Steamroller was a chunk when we got her 9 years ago and now clocks in at well over 2000 lbs. Doesn't matter if she's penned or grazing, she doesnj't walk it off and she's raised huge calves but never draws down. BTW, fat as she is she breeds like clockwork.


That is encouraging. So far all is going well even the ones over conditioned.

Re: Over Conditioning

Posted: Fri Aug 04, 2017 7:53 am
by Black and Good
Some people's favorite color in cattle is "FAT" LOL! :lol: I'd rather have that than rail poor. B&G

Re: Over Conditioning

Posted: Fri Aug 04, 2017 8:19 am
by dun
We have the same issue with all but one of the vows in the Granny family line. I prefer to leave then on pasture so they have a wider area to cover. I feel the additinal muscle tone from all of the walking helps with the over condition possible issues. It's worked fine for 18 years so I guess I'll continue doing it.